corporal punishment

6 Sep

Corporal punishment is still legal in 20 states. According to a report from Human Rights Watch, in conjunction with the ACLU, children with disabilities are disproportionately punished using corporal punishment.

The report found that some students were physically abused for conduct related to their disabilities, including students with Tourette syndrome being punished for exhibiting involuntary tics and students with autism being punished for repetitive behaviors such as rocking. In some cases, corporal punishment against students with disabilities led to a worsening of their conditions. For instance, some parents reported that students with autism became violent toward themselves or others following corporal punishment.

The report recommends that congress enact a complete prohibition on corporal punishment against all students in US public schools. Why not all US schools, period?

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